I love this livery. Jetstar Asia’s and Scoot’s A320’s should be added to IF immediately! After Jetstar merged with Valuair, some planes retained the Valuair title for operations in Indonesia.
Jetstar Asia Airways Pte Ltd (operating as Jetstar Asia) is a low-cost airline based in Singapore. It is one of the Asian offshoots of parent Jetstar Airways, the low-cost subsidiary airline of Australia’s Qantas airline. It operates services to regional destinations in Southeast Asia to countries such as Myanmar, Cambodia, Malaysia, Indonesia, Philippines, Thailand, and Vietnam. It also flies to regional routes in East Asia such as Japan, Taiwan, and Hong Kong. It is the main feeder airline for its parent company Jetstar Airways for budget passengers flying to Australia. Its sister airlines include Jetstar in New Zealand, Jetstar Pacific (Vietnam) and Jetstar Japan.
Until 2014, the airline flew exclusively to Indonesian destinations - namely Jakarta, Medan, Surabaya, and Denpasar. In response to the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore’s rejection of AirAsia-backed airline Indonesia Air Asia’s application to fly to Singapore, Indonesia embarked on a policy of protectionism. This prohibited low-cost carriers of Singapore and Indonesia from adding more flights. Jetstar Asia had not yet established routes into Indonesia, so the merger is seen as the airline’s strategy to get an early entrance into the lucrative Indonesian market.
Valuair flights are operated by Jetstar Asia crew, with the in-flight menu and entertainment virtually the same as Jetstar Asia’s. Sometimes, Jetstar flights are used with Valuair aircraft.
In February 2008, Jetstar Asia announced that it would begin flights to Medan later in the year. As existing protectionism policies are in place, the flights were operated under Valuair’s code.
Jetstar Asia is a majority Singapore-owned and -based company. The company is managed by Newstar Holdings Pty Ltd, majority owned by Singapore company Westbrook Investments Pte Ltd (51 percent), with the Qantas Group holding the remaining 49 percent of shares.
In October 2014, after the Indonesian Government lifting operational restrictions on foreign-owned low-cost carriers into Indonesia, Valuair was dissolved and its flights were taken over by Jetstar Asia on 26 October 2014.
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